2025 Ram 1500 Lineup is V8-less; Hurricane Engines Take ChargeNovember 7, 2023
Earlier today, we reported on the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger. And in that article, we briefly mentioned changes being made to the “regular” Ram 1500 pickup, teasing readers with a “we’ll report on that soon” deflection. Well, soon is now, and here’s the scoop.
As the headline spoils, the 2025 model year sees the end of the Ram 1500’s V8 era. And yes, that means the TRX’s supercharged unit is out of the running– in fact, the TRX is entirely, to be succeeded by a new RHO trim. But we’ll get to that (apologies for yet another tease).
The big news here, aside from the aforementioned Ramcharger, is that the 2025 1500 will instead utilize Stellantis’s Hurricane engines for top performing grades. The Hurricane is available in either a standard or High Output variant, both of which start as twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engines. The standard model is capable of 420 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque, with the High Output increasing to 540 horses and 521 lb-ft. If the ‘Hurricane’ moniker sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve tested it– and loved it– in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer L, also found in the Wagoneer. At its best, the new 1500 can tow up to 11,580 lbs and carry a max payload of 2,300 lbs. The standard engine remains the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which, at this rate, seems like it’ll never quit; and all units are paired to an eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic transmission.
“The new 2025 Ram 1500 brings our customers more: more power, more performance and more fuel efficiency with our all-new 3.0-liter Hurricane engines,” said Tim Kuniskis, Ram brand CEO, Stellantis. “With a choice of new and proven gas engines or our upcoming electric truck offerings, Ram is built to serve truck buyers everywhere. Our new powertrain offerings add to the unique combination of bold styling, leading-edge innovation and technology, durability and capability Ram customers have come to know and love.”
For those that may be wondering, the Ram 1500’s current 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is rated at 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, which does show that these Hurricane engines are capable of keeping up. The real power disparity comes when comparing the TRX to the RHO. The former utilized a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 for an impressive 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The RHO, slated to arrive during the third quarter of 2024, will utilize the High Output Hurricane, kicked up to 540 horsepower and a currently undisclosed amount of torque. We’ll miss the supercharged whines of the SRT-derived engine. The HEMI certainly deserves a proper 21 rev salute.
But it’s not all negativity. As we mentioned, the Hurricane engines are impressive; and from the sounds of things, the RHO will be too. And who knows– maybe some scientist over in the Stellantis labs will revive the TRX for future generations.
Speaking of trims, the 1500 will be available in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn and Limited grades, as well as an all-new Tungsten model. This serves as an “ultra-premium” level, complete with plenty of suede, leather, and metal accents. While standard infotainment measures out to 12-inches, the Tungsten will come with a new 14.5-inch unit; though both will operate on Uconnect 5, with smartphone integration possible. Same as the Ramcharger, there’s also an available 10.25-inch passenger screen with various features for co-piloting, exterior camera views and external entertainment (achieved through an HDMI hook-up). Other digital goodies include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a digital rearview mirror and a Head-Up Display (HUD).
Even with the refreshed exterior views, it’s still very much a Ram. The grille is larger and forward-leaning, bookended by updated LED headlamps with bi-functional projectors (standard on the Limited and up). The taillamps are also updated, jeweled in appearance. The tailgate, by the way, can be optioned with power open/close, able to be operated through the key FOB.
For now, that’s about all you need to know about the 2025 Ram 1500 pickup. It’s a pretty big shakeup for the nameplate; one that we’re excited to try out for ourselves.